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On the Ground in Ohio, Ky. Steelworker Stumps for Obama

Chris Ormes, photo by Berry Craig

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

The hours are long but, says Kentucky United Steelworkers (USW) member Chris Ormes, “I'm loving it. I'm at ground zero, and that's where I want to be."

Ormes, 37, president of USW Local 1241 in Bardstown, Ky., says ground zero is Ohio. The state's electoral votes likely will decide who wins the presidential election. He is a foot soldier in a small army of union volunteers who are toiling 12- and even 14-hour days to help President Obama take the Buckeye State.

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Richard Trumka: Game Changer in Ohio: Cars

Richard Trumka: Game Changer in Ohio:  Cars

This is an excerpt from the Huffington Post, "Game Changer in Ohio: Cars," by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

This election may come down to cars. That’s right, cars. 

Nothing illustrates the choice between the two presidential candidates better than the 2009 rescue of the auto industry.  And, despite Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s efforts to distort the contrast with patently dishonest claims and a new TV ad, the auto rescue may turn out to be the deciding factor in the presidential election.    

Romney can’t seem to Etch-a-Sketch that now-famous op-ed headline—“Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

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Pennsylvania: Get Out the Vote

If you're in Pennsylvania and want to help get out the vote, time is running out. Check out the remaining canvassing and phone bank opportunities in your area. 

 

PHILADELPHIA

Contact: Liz McElroy, 267-455-8191, emcelroy@philaflcio.org

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Columbus, Ohio, Has Busiest Day of Early Voting as Storm Hits East Coast

Despite bad weather brought on by Hurricane Sandy, voters in Franklin County, Ohio—home to Columbus—showed up more than any other day of early voting up to this point.

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Romney: Vouchers for Disaster Relief?

Romney: Vouchers for Disaster Relief?

With more than a dozen states still reeling from the massive impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the complex rescue, recovery and repair response. But last year, Mitt Romney said disaster and emergency management should be left up to the states and private corporations.

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Union Members Hard at Work During Hurricane Sandy

Firefighter cleans up in New York City. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennuipoet/

Working people up and down the East Coast are pitching in to alert people about the clean up efforts for Hurricane Sandy and provide information for transportation, shelter and other resources. Firefighters, public employees, utility workers, letter carriers, nurses, grocery store employees, hotel workers and others continued to work through the storm to make sure everyone is taken care of. Once again, we’re reminded that work connects us all, and we’re better together. Here are some unions and agencies you can follow on Twitter and Facebook who've been hard at work during the storm:

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APRI Outreach Explains Ballot Initiatives to Arizona Voters

Arizona AFL-CIO photos

After the Sunday afternoon service at Grace Temple Baptist Church in Tucson, Ariz., a crowd of more than 30 churchgoers filed into the adjacent hall for a voter education forum presented by the A. Philip Randolph Institute’s (APRI's) Southern Arizona chapter. The crowd was a mix of young voters and those who’d been voting since before the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed. It was a chance for everyone to learn the ins and outs of various ballot initiatives, as well as how and where they could vote early.

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Mitt Romney: Union Buster

Mitt Romney wants to end project labor agreements, repeal the Davis-Bacon Act and enact "right to work" for less laws. And his audience is cheering him on. Check out this new YouTube video from the Electrical Workers (IBEW), "Mitt Romney: Union Buster," and make sure you get out and vote Nov. 6. 

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NLRB Says Boeing Can’t Ban Union Talk at S.C. Plant

NLRB Says Boeing Can’t Ban Union Talk at S.C. Plant

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge ruled last week that the Boeing Co. violated federal labor law when it banned workers at its North Charleston, S.C., assembly plant from talking about joining a union on company time.  

Workers at the 787 Dreamliner plant have been meeting off-site with Machinists (IAM) representatives to talk about organizing for a voice on the job with the IAM. Administrative Law Judge William Nelson Cates ruled that if the company allows workers to discuss other nonwork-related issues while on the job, it cannot forbid them from discussing union issues.

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Calls Out Romney's Hypocrisy on Coal

If there is a “war on coal,” as Mitt Romney and his corporate coal operator backers have trumpeted throughout coal country, especially in the vital swing state of Ohio, the man behind that war is Mitt Romney himself, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a telephone press conference Monday.   

Today, Romney says he will be a “coal” president. But he is actually anti-coal. It wasn’t too long ago that he stood in front of a coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts and said, “Coal kills people. Shut this down.” Now, he goes into the field and says there is a war on coal….Mitt Romney is a political chameleon who will say anything he thinks people want to hear.     

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